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The four stages of the “Spotify for eBooks” adoption model

By Justo Hidalgo
February 5, 2013

During the 2013 edition of the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference in New York City, I will be participating in a panel that has been called ‘The Elusive Netflix of eBooks‘. The title implies the notion that a subscription service …

Business models to monetize publishing in the digital era

By Jenn Webb
February 27, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The third in a series looking at five major themes, here we look at monetization in publishing, including subscription/access models, freemium, and ad-based models.

Business models to monetize publishing in the digital era

Business models to monetize publishing in the digital era
By Jenn Webb
February 27, 2012

Several overriding themes permeated this year's Tools of Change for Publishing conference. The third in a series looking at five major themes, here we look at monetization in publishing, including subscription/access models, freemium, and ad-based models.

Commerce Weekly: Google defends its Wallet

Commerce Weekly: Google defends its Wallet
By David Sims
February 16, 2012

Google calmly responds to concerns about its Wallet application, yet another one-click payment method emerges, and Adele fans won't be using Spotify. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

O'Reilly Radar Show 2/10/12: The 5 trends that will shape the data world

By Mac Slocum
February 10, 2012

Strata chair Edd Dumbill discusses the five trends that will drive the near-term future of data science and big data. Also, Kevin Kelly offers a long-view perspective on the freemium model and digital rights management.

O'Reilly Radar Show 2/10/12: The 5 trends that will shape the data world

By Mac Slocum
February 10, 2012

Strata chair Edd Dumbill discusses the five trends that will drive the near-term future of data science and big data. Also, Kevin Kelly offers a long-view perspective on the freemium model and digital rights management.

O'Reilly Radar Show 2/10/12: The 5 trends that will shape the data world

O'Reilly Radar Show 2/10/12: The 5 trends that will shape the data world
By Mac Slocum
February 10, 2012

Strata chair Edd Dumbill discusses the five trends that will drive the near-term future of data science and big data. Also, Kevin Kelly offers a long-view perspective on the freemium model and digital rights management.

Commerce Weekly: Slow in-app purchasers are worth the wait

Commerce Weekly: Slow in-app purchasers are worth the wait
By David Sims
January 19, 2012

Study finds that users who wait to make their first in-app purchase are worth more. Also, Bitcoin's popularity is rising, and PayPal expands its point-of-sale program. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Promoting free downloads to increase revenue

By Jenn Webb
September 14, 2011

Publishers continue to struggle with the concept of a freemium business model. In this TOC podcast, Nelson Saba, CEO of Immersion Digital, talks about his Glo Bible app and how upgrade conversion rates are surprisingly good.

Promoting free downloads to increase revenue

Promoting free downloads to increase revenue
By Jenn Webb
September 14, 2011

Publishers continue to struggle with the concept of a freemium business model. In this TOC podcast, Nelson Saba, CEO of Immersion Digital, talks about his Glo Bible app and how upgrade conversion rates are surprisingly good.

Leaky paywalls and ads: What publishers can learn from the New York Times

Leaky paywalls and ads: What publishers can learn from the New York Times
By Joe Wikert
August 18, 2011

Recent analysis of the New York Times' online paywall has put emphasis on advertising and the freemium model. Book publishers may not realize it, but those same things can also apply to their content products.

Leaky paywalls and ads: What publishers can learn from the New York Times

By Joe Wikert
August 18, 2011

Recent analysis of the New York Times' online paywall has put emphasis on advertising and the freemium model. Book publishers may not realize it, but those same things can also apply to their content products.

Four short links: 14 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2010

Google Creates New Inflation Measure (The Guardian) -- The Google Price Index will be based on the cost of goods sold online and could use real-time search data to forecast official figures. Clever use of unique data, but can the GPI findings be reproduced by another agency? I do like the idea of moving national statistical measures into real-time....

Freemium Services and the Economics of Social Networking

By George Reese
July 5, 2009

Social networking sites face a unique economic challenge when it comes to monetizing the value they create. Any attempt to capture a piece of the value they create inevitably damages that value.


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